Used to. And then it got boring.
PLAY AGAIN DAMNIT!
Meh, I'm not much of a gamer as I once was. I'll occasionally play some League of Legends and try out MMOs (hoping to get into the Elder Scrolls beta), but that's about it.
I wish there were more MMOs that were more like FFXI (yes, I was a moogle@#%^er). But now, all MMOs gravitate towards WoWs play style which has gotten stale after playing it for 6 years.
That's because WoW is a 2nd and arguably 3rd generation MMO.
MMO's evolve just like any other type of game really. Was FFXI complete awful? No. Did it have some awful aspects to it? Absolutely.
WoW is, like it or not, the leader in the industry and of course games are going to use it as a model in one way or another. If for no other reason because WoW is the measuring stick. Either you exceed it and do well or you don't and fizzle out within a few months of release.
There is a very, very, very, limited list about FFXI I like better than WoW, but all of the things I liked about WoW are far superior to FFXI in every quantifiable way.
I think FF did better with the Job system--one character can be basically any class for example--was great. But the crafting system was just awful. To be fair it was awful in WoW as well but blizzard figured out that failing synths was more disheartening than it was worth and thus changed the system.
There is something to be said about different play styles but no one likes spending hours collecting mats just to see anywhere from 10-50% of your synths fail for no good reason. I don't care which of the two you play.